CHESTERFIELD: Marchers weave through town

Bumper crowds descended upon Chesterfield for a popular May Day parade.

Thousands of marchers weaved through the sun-soaked town on Monday in the 36th annual Bank Holiday rally.

The march culminated at Rykneld Square where crowds were addressed by speakers including Natascha Engel, Labour MP for NE Derbyshire, and Anne Western, the new leader of the county council.

Labour Cllr Western said she was honoured to be the authority’s first female leader and pledged to boost jobs, tackle poverty and promote social justice.

Event organiser Colin Hampton, of Chesterfield Trades Council, said: “It was a great day with about 2,000 people taking part in the march – that’s the best we’ve seen for some years.

“The warm weather definitely helped and there was a real carnival atmosphere in the town.”

After the speeches, bands provided live music as spectators lay on the grass outside the Crooked Spire and crowds flocked to a range of stalls and exhibitions. The traditional May Day gala is one of the biggest in the country.